What can I say that has not already been said! We took the high-speed train from Rome to Florence (1 hour and 35 minutes traveling at 155 plus miles per hour) on Friday morning and spent the afternoon walking to San Miniato al Monte with sweeping views of Florence.
The church itself dates to 1018 and is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture. Walking shoes were certainly in order. Saturday was spent walking the Ponte Vecchio and strolling along the Arno River while visiting the Duomo and taking in the breathtaking sculptures scattered around the city. Gelato, pizza, some shopping and a stop to repent at Santa Maria Novella capped an exciting day.
Sunday, the Bobli Gardens at the Pitti Palace were amazing. Four hours and we did not see it all. The price of admission included a visit to the costume museum at the palace and was well worth the stop as the costumes covered the early 1700's to the modern day. More gelato and pizza and back to our apartment in Rome. Next stop Naples, Pompeii, and Capri, stay tuned.